10 Common Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention-deficit disorder (ADD) is a chronic condition that involves a lack of attention, as well as being hyperactive and impulsive. ADD is also often referred to as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

ADD/ADHD is very common, and about 300 million cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. ADD/ADHD typically is diagnosed during childhood, although symptoms can persist into adulthood.

Symptom 1: Easily Bored

Do you get bored easily and crave excitement? However, boredom is not a result of being difficult or lazy. A child’s brain structure and chemical makeup often causes boredom.

Unfortunately, the boredom can lead to destructive behavior, such as interrupting class or shouting out. It is important to understand the difference of usual boredom kids experience compared to boredom as a result of ADD/ADHD.

Symptom 2: Constantly Fidgeting

Do you have trouble sitting still? Are you constantly fidgeting? Some children and adults actually concentrate better when they fidget, instead of sitting still.

Implement fidgeting strategies. For kids with ADD/ADHD, try getting them a fidget toy, which helps them focus and reduce stress and anxiety.

Symptom 3: Talk Excessively

Often, those who have ADD/ADHD talk a lot. But is it sometimes done over others talking, at the wrong time, or as an interruption. They do not realize that can be annoying to others.

You don’t do it on purpose, or you may not even realize you are talking too much. A lack of self-control and being distracted due to the ADD/ADHD cause you to do so.

Symptom 4: Feel Restless/Hyperactive

Is it that you just have high energy or do you have ADD/ADHD? Those with ADD/ADHD are always on the move.

It is very difficult for them to stay still. They squirm and fidget. They go from doing one thing to doing something else – often not finishing a task.

Symptom 5: Trouble Staying Focused

Do you have trouble staying focused? Are you bored with a task before completing it? Find ways to decrease stress, improve your mood, and become calm.

To stay reduce hyperactivity and inattention, try eating high-protein foods, do physically exercise beforehand, and do not suppress your fidgeting strategies.

Symptom 6: Aggressive/Irritable

ADD/ADHD sometimes results in acting out. It is difficult for children and adults to control their aggression and irritability. ADD/ADHD makes it hard for them to not be impulsive and express their emotions. 

Also, it can be difficult and stressful to try and control a child or adult who has emotional outbursts and physical aggression.

Symptom 7: Repeat Words or Actions

Do you ever say the same thing over and over, or do the same thing over and over? Those with ADD/ADHD do.

For example, a child may repeatedly pick something up and put it down. Only to go back to the item moments later and do it again, and again.

Symptom 8: Depression

Adults with ADD/ADHD sometimes suffer from depression. Do you persistently feel sad and hopeless? Have you lost interest in doing things you used to find fun?

Unfortunately, medications you take to help your ADD/ADHD can make you feel depressed.

Symptom 9: Learning Disability

According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, “Although ADHD is not considered a learning disability, research indicates that from 30-50 percent of children with ADHD also have a specific learning disability, and that the two conditions can interact to make learning extremely challenging.”

Those with ADD/ADHD may have the following learning disabilities: Tourette Syndrome, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, and bipolar disorder.

Symptom 10: Mood Swings

It is really hard for those with ADD/ADHD to manage their emotions and regulate their moods. These conditions can cause swift changes in attitudes and behaviors.

For example, one minute, a child is enjoying playing a game with others. A second later, the child throws pieces of the game across the room. The other players are left wondering why or what happened to cause this reaction.